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08:06 AM ET 12.02 | A Peyton Manning headline, at long last, was finally freighted with some positive vibes. The Thursday night news that his neck is healing, that he has a chance to play football again, is an undeniably wonderful development for a guy who has given heart and soul to this franchise and this city. And yet, as far as the Indianapolis Colts are concerned, it shouldn't really matter. Whether Manning heals completely or not, whether he returns to practice this month or not, bringing him back next year and beyond would be salary cap suicide and set the franchise back for years to come. It makes no sense, none, to mortgage the team's long-term future and [slow] Andrew Luck's progress while gambling on Manning's health and longevity.

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December 2, 2011  08:13 AM ET

It makes no sense, none, to mortgage the team's long-term future and... slow... Andrew Luck's progress while gambling on Manning's health and longevity.

That's presuming they keep the pick.

I don't think they do...

December 2, 2011  08:16 AM ET

It makes no sense, none, to mortgage the team's long-term future and [slow] Andrew Luck's progress while gambling on Manning's health and longevity.

As opposed to gambling on the success of a draft choice because that is just a sure thing. So sorry but a 90% Peyton is going to be better than 99% of all rookies

December 2, 2011  08:16 AM ET

I see the Colts sticking with a proven leader as opposed to going with their "QB of the future" unless they trade down for the USC or Baylor QB.

December 2, 2011  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It makes no sense, none, to mortgage the team's long-term future and... slow... Andrew Luck's progress while gambling on Manning's health and longevity. That's presuming they keep the pick. I don't think they do...

I love how they tried to make him look like he's already a member of the team.

December 2, 2011  08:19 AM ET

decisions, decisions, decisions... this sucks for the colts

December 2, 2011  08:23 AM ET

With the new CBA, Luck will not come at so high of a cost. I think they will shed other salaries (buh-bye Freeney) before they shed Manning's. At 0 fer 2011, however, the Colts will be in complete rebuild mode and Peyton has to ask himself if he wants to come back just to pass the torch to the new guy. Well, that and showing he has more class than Favre.

December 2, 2011  08:29 AM ET

Manning can and will make it work for the Colts. He is not the kind of man that would steal a paycheck and leave the team and city hanging. However the writer of the article has Luck as a foregone conclusion, I wouldn't be so sure.

December 2, 2011  08:32 AM ET

Payton Manning holding up that heavy **** head is enough work on his neck, without football, in my opinion.

December 2, 2011  08:42 AM ET

If his neck is OK to play football, does he want to take a chance re-injuring it? I guess Indy feels they have a lock on Luck.

December 2, 2011  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Payton Manning holding up that heavy **** head is enough work on his neck, without football, in my opinion.

Nice

December 2, 2011  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

the Colts will be in complete rebuild mode and Peyton has to ask himself if he wants to come back just to pass the torch to the new guy. Well, that and showing he has more class than Favre.

He went on record a few months ago, saying Andrew Luck had the talent, and should start his first year.

December 2, 2011  09:00 AM ET

You have to **** draft picks to help the team. His age and health are a big risk to the team.

December 2, 2011  09:01 AM ET

I think they have to go with Luck. Peyton has one, maybe two seasons left in him, and there's a chance that every hit he takes could be his last. The Colts are not a "system" team like New England. Everything the do on offense is built around Peyton Manning, and only Peyton Manning. Even their defense is built around Peyton Manning keeping them on the bench.

Drafting Manning was the best draft move the team ever made. Not drafting Luck would be the worst.

December 2, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

You have to **** draft picks to help the team. His age and health are a big risk to the team.

****? Cra<ker? Herpeez? Kuhn?

Usually, we can figure it out from context, but this one has me perplexed and baffled by mystery.

December 2, 2011  09:04 AM ET

Manning would never let his contract ruin the Colts if he couldn't play. They would probly make him the coach if he decided to retire.

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December 2, 2011  09:06 AM ET

Well since the team is mostly the same that went to the super bowl a couple years back -why start rebuilding? Stash Luck and take the cap hit and go for the big dance and be built for the future at QB

December 2, 2011  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

With the new CBA, Luck will not come at so high of a cost. I think they will shed other salaries (buh-bye Freeney) before they shed Manning's. At 0 fer 2011, however, the Colts will be in complete rebuild mode and Peyton has to ask himself if he wants to come back just to pass the torch to the new guy. Well, that and showing he has more class than Favre.

I believe the new CBA has 4 year contracts for rookies though (I may be mistaken) so the only downside to keeping them both is if you bench Luck for 2 years of Manning...you have only 2 years before he is up again

December 2, 2011  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Please come back Peyton. We need you! Football just isn't the same if a Manning isn't great. Come on baby...

But,....but,... you have Eli...

 
December 2, 2011  09:11 AM ET

Manning should retire. He has nothing left to prove as a player. Coming back and risking paralysis is just dumb on his part.

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